Gaoth Dobhair GAA Club are celebrating County Senior Gaeltacht Championship success once more following their Bank Holiday Monday final victory over Fanad Gaels in Magheragallen.
Goath Dobhair had three points to spare at the end of a cracking final with the surprise finalists Fanad Gaels, who had pulled off a surprise but thoroughly deserved semi-final win over Ardara in the previous day’s semi-final. Gaoth Dobhair had a comfortable six point semi-final victory over an understrength Naomh Conaill on Sunday evening.
The win was warmly welcomed by the green and white followers after their team went into the weekend on the back of one of the worst starts to a season in living memory.
The club had reason to celebrate a double success when Gaoth Dobhair ladies were crowned Junior ladies champions with victory on Monday evening over neighbours Cloughaneely.
It was also a successful weekend for Termon and Milford ladies who won the senior and intermediate championships. Termon retained the ladies senior championship with a one sided victory over arch rivals Glenfin, while Milford had four points to spare at the end of their Intermediate final meeting with Ardara.
And Termon’s senior men completed the double when they overcame Gaoth Dobhair to capture the junior championship.
All the winners, along with the beaten finalists, will now represent Donegal in the All-Ireland finals of the competition which will be back in Magheragallen on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
“It was a very successful weekend and overall, we are very happy that things went off without any major hitch,” said Gaoth Dobhair chairman John Ferry.
“We are very grateful to all the referees that turned up to officiate and to the 40 or so club stewards that helped out over the two days. It was a very successful weekend for us on the playing fields too. We won both the senior and the ladies junior but with Fanad Gaels winning the quiz, the titles were well spread with almost all going home with something.
“We are now looking forward and preparing for the All-Ireland finals and last weekend was a good dress rehearsal in terms of organising and running the competition and trying out different things for the All-Irelands.”
Gaoth Dobhair will host teams from other Gaeltachts right around the country for the annual fixture which has become one of the biggest weekends on the GAA calendar for Gaeltacht clubs.
Comortas Peil Na Gaeltachta
Gaoth Dobhair 4-11, Cloughaneely 2-11
Milford 5-7, Ardara 3-9
Termon 6-14, Glenfin 0-7
Termon 1-12, Gaoth Dobhair 0-7
Gaoth Dobhair 0-13, Fanad Gaels 1-7